Obama administration expands climate fight with proposed rules for oil and gas drilling

January 22, 2016 4:42 PM

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Obama administration expands climate fight with proposed rules for oil and gas drilling

The Obama administration took a step Friday toward plugging thousands of small methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the country, saying the escaping gas is contributing to climate change.

The Interior Department announced proposed regulations that would require energy companies to reduce methane leaks in order to drill anywhere on land owned by the government or Native American tribes. The proposals would affect more than 100,000 oil wells that supply about 10 percent of the nation’s...

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